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Trump pitches immigration plan, slams Dems ahead of first State of the Union

Trump pitches immigration plan, slams Dems ahead of first State of the Union
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE in two late-night tweets on Saturday pitched his immigration plan while slamming Democrats, saying they are only interested in obstruction.

Trump called his fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program “wonderful” and said there were two reasons for proposing it.

“I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!” he said.

“Democrats are not interested in Border Safety & Security or in the funding and rebuilding of our Military. They are only interested in Obstruction!” he added in a subsequent tweet.

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The tweets come ahead of Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, which is expected to focus heavily on immigration.

Observers are also wondering if the president will strike a tone of bipartisanship in the highly anticipated address.

Trump laid out his immigration plan in a one-page framework last week, which is taking heavy fire from both the right and the left. It calls for granting a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants in exchange for tens of billions of dollars for his border wall and other policies that would dramatically restrict legal immigration.

The president wants the Senate to introduce legislation based on his blueprint by Feb. 5, just three days before government funding runs out.

The three-day government shutdown ended early last week after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) promised to take up an immigration bill that would protect DACA recipients, often called "Dreamers," if Democrats agreed to end the shutdown.

— This report was updated at 9:53 a.m.